1. Neuropathy strikes pre-diabetics, too

    The quiet nerve damage you won’t notice… yet

    A pre-diabetes diagnosis is supposed to be a wakeup call. It’s your body begging you to get serious about your health before it’s too late.

    But too many folks breathe a sigh of relief when they get that diagnosis.

    All they focus on is the “pre.” That means they don’t have diabetes YET – and as long as they don’t have the disease today, they think it’s something to worry about tomorrow.

    Well, if that’s your story – if you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes – it’s time to turn it around ASAP, because new research reveals how this condition can destroy your body even if it never turns into “real” diabetes.

    There’s damage taking place inside your body right now, on nearly every critical level, from hormone changes…to reduced insulin function…to cognitive problems.

    And that’s not even the worst of it!

    The new study finds pre-diabetics can suffer from the extreme pain and misery of nerve damage, too.

    As most diabetics will tell you, that’s often the worst part of the disease. It can be worse than the constant finger pricks… the physical and mental exhaustion… the endless battle with drug side effects… and even worse than the fact that you have to carefully watch every bite, lest you pay the price with out-of-control blood sugar levels.

    In diabetics, the nerve damage behind all the pain is called diabetic neuropathy – but the new study finds pre-diabetics suffer from a very similar form of nerve damage along the full length of the small sensory nerve fibers.

    Over time, this small-fiber neuropathy can lead to pain and misery, diminishing your quality of life even if you never develop full-blown diabetes, according to the study.

    But that doesn’t have to be your fate.

    If you have pre-diabetes, there are simple steps you can take right now to reverse the condition and make sure you never suffer from that painful nerve damage.

    Start with a back-to-basics common-sense diet of whole, fresh foods. For example, the Mediterranean diet you hear me talk so much about is proven to help bring blood sugar levels back under control so your pre-diabetes never turns into diabetes, especially if you follow a modified version with limited grains.

    That, in turn, will protect your nerves from further damage.

    The same diet can also help you to lose weight, protect your heart, slash your risk of stroke, and even prevent dementia. That’s just about every major condition seniors fear most – wiped out with one simple, delicious, and nutritious diet.

    If you want to learn more or find out what it takes to get started, read this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Actos diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer

    Diabetes drug in terrifying cancer link

    I call it “prescription roulette.”

    If you’ve got diabetes, your doc will have you take a spin on the drug wheel every couple of years to pick from the newest generation of diabetes meds – but if your number comes up, you don't win a fabulous Vegas jackpot.

    You LOSE, and you lose big…because you have to live with devastating and even deadly side effects.

    Now, the latest research shows how a once-popular diabetes drug you may have taken years ago could come back to haunt you today, even if you haven’t touched the stuff in a dog’s age.

    It's called Actos, and it was supposed to be the “better than” option when the previous drug on the roulette wheel, Avandia, was found to cause heart problems.

    Turns out it's not the “better than” option at all. In addition to packing a heart risk of its own, new research confirms Actos can increase your risk of bladder cancer.

    And not by a little bit, either.

    If you’ve taken Actos for any extended period of time, your risk of this disease skyrockets, jumping by 63 percent, according to the new study in The BMJ.

    The biggest risks, of course, go to those who took it longest. If you took it for two or more years – which is no time at all when it comes to diabetes drugs – you’re facing that higher risk of bladder cancer already.

    And if you’ve taken more than 28,000 mg over the course of a lifetime – a level most diabetics would reach in three to five years on the drug – you’re also at risk.

    The company insists Actos is safe, but this link keeps popping up more often than a garden mole.

    In 2012, for example, a study found Actos will increase the risk of bladder cancer by 83 percent – and that same 28,000 combined dose will increase the risk by more than 2.5 times.

    Even the FDA has issued a warning over bladder cancer, saying in 2011 that the drug increases the risk of the disease by 40 percent. (They always seem to downplay every drug risk, don’t they?)

    If you took Actos years ago, there's no way to “un-take” it today, of course.

    But you CAN take action to protect yourself from the worst of the risk.

    I'm no fan of willy-nilly screenings and the over-testing that dominates modern medicine. But if you've taken Actos, having yourself checked for bladder cancer might help you catch it early so you can get it taken care of before it becomes a problem.

  3. Diabetes can be cured – if you follow the right diet

    Diabetes doesn’t have to be a lifelong sentence. New research proves you can beat and even cure the disease if you follow the right diet.
  4. Metformin linked to B12 deficiency

    Metformin can starve the body of essential vitamin B12, setting the stage for problems with mood, memory, muscle, nerves and more.
  5. Liraglutide

    Liraglutide, the popular diabetes med sold as Victoza, can wear out beta cells and make blood sugar harder to control over the long term.
  6. Sleep disorders boost diabetes risk

    Sleep disorders are more than just a lousy night in the sack. They can also boost your risk of diabetes by as much as 400 percent.
  7. Pre-diabetes can damage your kidneys

    Pre-diabetes isn’t just a risk factor for diabetes. The elevated blood sugar levels that mark the condition can also damage your kidneys.
  8. Diabetes increases dementia risk in women

    Diabetes can increase the risk of dementia, and new research shows that risk is highest in women.
  9. Diabetes can be tougher on women

    Diabetes is tough on anyone, but new research finds it’s especially hard on women, increasing the risk of serious heart problems more than it does in men.
  10. Avandia restrictions lifted by the FDA

    Avandia was linked to so many serious heart problems that the FDA put restrictions on the drug – but now, the agency is lifting them, exposing millions to new risks.
  11. Some diabetes drugs are risky when mixed with warfarin

    Diabetes drugs are dangerous enough on their own, but new research finds even bigger risks when sulfonylurea meds are mixed with the blood thinner warfarin.
  12. Foot ulcers linked to cognitive decline

    New research shows that foot ulcers could be a warning of problems in the brain.
  13. Chronic snoring linked to diabetes

    New research reveals that chronic snoring can increase your risk of diabetes by 27 percent. But there are some natural solutions that can help turn the tide.
  14. Cholesterol lowering statins boost diabetes risk

    Statins cause diabetes risk to skyrocket nearly 50%

    Diabetes is a disease. Cholesterol is not. But in the rush to "treat" the non-disease of cholesterol, mainstream medicine is actually CAUSING the very real disease of diabetes.

    Cholesterol-lowering statins can mess with your body's insulin response, which is why people who take the drugs have a higher risk of diabetes.

    Even the FDA has warned of the risk. Continue reading

  15. Fight diabetes with berries?

    Tame troublesome blood sugar with secret berry cure

    Some two-thirds of diabetics go off their meds -- and can you blame them? If there's anything that can wreck you even more than the disease, it's those darned drugs.

    Two of the most common meds given to diabetics are statins for cholesterol and metformin for blood sugar. It's a one-two punch that can leave you writhing with muscle pain, stomach cramps, memory loss and "a general feeling of discomfort."

    I'm not making that last one up. It's an actual side effect of metformin use.

    With all that misery, it's not hard to see why diabetics want to stop taking their meds -- but when they complain to a doctor about all these problems, they don't get solutions. Continue reading

  16. Beat diabetes with curcumin

    Super spice douses inflammation driving away diabetes

    Diabetes doesn't come on like a cold. You don't go to bed with a tickle in your throat and wake up sick. With diabetes, you've got years -- sometimes decades -- of signs and symptoms before the disease sets in.

    The biggest warning sign of all is metabolic syndrome. That's a collection of risk factors that will bring you right to the brink of diabetes -- so close to the edge that one little push could send you spiraling down into a lifetime of finger sticks and insulin syringes.

    Today I'm going to pull you back from that edge with a simple, safe and incredibly effective way to slash your diabetes risk if you have metabolic syndrome. Continue reading

  17. Yogurt can help prevent diabetes

    The two tablespoon "cure" for diabetes

    At the start of the New Year, nearly everyone makes a resolution to get healthy -- and most of those promises will be forgotten long before the groundhog goes looking for his shadow.

    That's why it's sometimes best to start small. Instead of trying to make big sweeping changes overnight, begin with little tweaks to your diet and lifestyle that you may find easier to stick to.

    And one of the smallest, easiest changes you can make is to add a little yogurt to your menu.

    A daily serving of all-natural yogurt can give your gut a dose of the healthy probiotic bacteria you need for good digestion and overall good health. Some of those bacteria can even help with blood sugar control, which is why new research finds a daily serving of yogurt can cut your risk of diabetes. Continue reading

  18. Diabetes drugs don't protect the heart

    Diabetes drugs don't improve OR save lives

    What do you call a drug that's more likely to hurt or kill diabetics than to save their lives?

    I'd call it a FAILURE, but the FDA has another word for it: APPROVED.

    That's right, friend -- the very agency that's supposed to make sure drugs are both safe and effective has failed in its most basic responsibility to millions of American diabetics.

    Not once... not twice... not three times... but at least 30 TIMES. Continue reading

  19. Magnesium fights metabolic syndrome

    "Miracle" mineral could stop metabolic syndrome cold

    Metabolic syndrome is the first step in a long journey -- one that ends with diabetes, heart disease and an early death. But there's one step you can take today that'll help take you off that road.

    And all you have to do is boost your magnesium intake.

    This essential heart-protecting mineral can slash your risk of metabolic syndrome by nearly a third overall. The more you get, the lower the risk, with every 100 mg boost in magnesium intake cutting the risk of metabolic syndrome by 17 percent, according to the new study in the journal Diabetic Medicine. Continue reading

  20. Statins linked to diabetes again

    Is your cholesterol drug giving you diabetes?

    Once upon a time, docs were so enamored with statins that there were calls to give them to everyone over the age of 40... hand them out in fast food joints... and even dump them into the water!

    Good thing we put those "experts" on ignore.

    Think of the public health disaster that would have unfolded now that the true risks of these meds have been exposed -- including the very real chance that statins could leave you with life-threatening diabetes. Continue reading

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